Nielsen was the lone shootout scorer in Tuesday's 5-4 home win over the Flyers. Detroit's third-line center thrives in the skills competition. He put the puck past rookie Alex Lyon for his 22nd career shootout goal, which is the most of any player in NHL history. While Nielsen stretched his pointless streak to three games by failing to record a goal or assist through 16:47 of ice time (when it mattered most to fantasy owners), he still helped the Wings put an end to a 10-game losing skid to bolster his reputation as a clutch performer.
Nielsen (upper body) will return Thursday against the Kings, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Detroit won't be making it to the postseason, but the team is mired in a seven-game losing streak, so the hope for fans of the Winged Wheel is that Nielsen breathes some life into this disenchanted Original Six club. Nielsen's added 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) through 66 games this season, and while that isn't all that impressive in the grand scheme of things, he does have three game-winning goals as well as a pair shorthanded this campaign.
Nielsen (upper body) aims to draw back into the lineup during Detroit's upcoming four-game road trip. After practice Sunday, head coach Jeff Blashill said that "I don't anticipate him ready tomorrow (Monday versus San Jose), I anticipate him being ready for Thursday (against the Kings), but we'll see". Since Detroit's upcoming road trip lasts through Sunday against Colorado, it seems like the odds are in Nielsen's favor to return at some point during the trip. The two games the 33-year-old has missed due to the injury are his first all year, but on a positive note he's not experiencing concussion-like symptoms from the illegal check he received from David Backes. While he remains out, Luke Glendening should continue centering the fourth line.
Nielsen (upper body) will be reevaluated Monday, ruling him out for the Wings' next two contests, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Nielsen recorded his first goal in 11 games in Tuesday's clash with the Bruins before receiving an illegal check to the head from David Backes -- who is serving a three-game suspension. David Booth figures to slot into the lineup in Nielsen's absence with a call-up from AHL Grand Rapids likely to provide emergency depth.
Nielsen (upper body) currently has no timetable for his return, the Detroit Free Press reports. Bruins forward David Backes delivered a questionable hit on Nielsen in Tuesday's game, which drew the ire of Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, who called it "an unnecessary hit to the head." At this time, coach Jeff Blashill does not know how long Nielsen might be out, but it's safe to say that the shootout specialist will be reevaluated ahead of Thursday's home game against the Golden Knights. Nielsen has been trudging along this season, having posted 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) through 66 games.
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